BCS Computer Show – Day 3

Our pavilion was super-hit by evening. We entertained more than 100 kids, all of whom were taught how to use an Edubuntu desktop, how to draw pictures on Tux Paint, and how to use the different educational tools. The kids absolutely loved it!

BLUA volunteers entertained numerous newbie Linux users as well, whom we gave suggestions and solutions to their OS problems.

BCS Computer Show – Day 2

A big day for me, as it was the first time I’ve ever spoken on a seminar. The seminar was entitled “Free and Open Source Software: Development Opportunities”, and was jointly organised by BCS and BLUA.

Sumon bhai from BDCOM, Kamal bhai from CSE department of Dhaka University, and Sami bhai from Maisha Technologies spoke at the seminar, and I delivered my keynote speech. Welcome speech was provided by BCS President as it was the inaugural seminar of the Computer Show.

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BCS Computer Show – Day 1

Location: 1st floor, Bashani Novo Theater
Time: 13:00 BDT (+6 GMT)
State of mind: Annoying

When all the stalls and pavilions were selling or exhibiting their products, we were sitting idle on the floor of our empty pavilion. No chair to sit, no desk to keep our tech gadgets, and no electrical outlets to recharge ours laptops or the cell phones. HP’s pavilion was right in front of ours, and all we could do was to stare at two of their hot looking sales girls. Staring at the Samsung’s salesgirls was an option too, as two out of three girls were desperately trying to show their cleavage and their bra’s strap. Cream bra goes well with blue saari, I understood.

We kept on poking the BCS officials, and after one and half hour, our desks and the tables arrived. After waiting for another two more hours, the computers arrived. We didn’t had any other decoration piece on the stall, except for the hand drawn Tux replica that Shipar sent.

We started installing Edubuntu on the 700 MHz Toshiba computers, and it a took a long time to do so. Kubuntu refused to accept mouse clicks, and system continuously displayed busy error.

Zia bhai and his friend, Rafiq bhai, Muhib bhai, Farhan, and Rony helped enormously, and I thank them all for helping out.

Linux Workshop at North South University

A day-long workshop titled “Migrating to Linux: Introduction to Open Source Tools” was held at North South University today. It was jointly organized by Bangkadesh Linux Users Alliance and North South University Computer Club. The speakers were BLUA members Toby Phillipe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Mohammad Salman, and me.

Clock-wise: Russell John, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Toby Phillippe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, and Mohammad Salman. At Boomers, Banani.

Speakers: (clock-wise) Russell John, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Toby Phillippe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, and Mohammad Salman. At Boomers, Banani.

The workshop was divided into two sessions. The first session started at 11:30, when I started off by giving introductory lectures on Linux and Open Source software. I did a lot of Microsoft-bashing as well, which was my favourite part. The next presentation was Mr. Mahbub Alamgir’s, who talked about Ubuntu and Kubuntu. He demonstrated a Kubuntu Live CD and guided through the installation process. The lunch break was announced 13:30, and all of us had our lunch at Boomers. The second session started at 14:15. Mr. Alamgir continued his presentation and showed the basic desktop usage. Toby Phillippe, our “bideshi” member was the next presenter. Toby used an OOo Impress presentation and gave a lot of helpful tips to the participants on migrating to Linux from Windows. He talked about the Open Source alternatives of Windows programs, which was appreciated by the participants. His presentation was very professional, and I’m sure that he has a lot of public speaking experience. Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam’s presentation was next, who talked about the command line interface and it’s necessities. He taught the basic shell commands that are needed for everyday system administration. Since the participant were new to Linux, they had a little difficulty understanding, but I’m sure all of them enjoyed his presentation. Mohammad Salman was supposed to talk about server setup and administration, but we had to cancel his presentation due to lack of time. We took a quick decision on organising another workshop sometime soon where he’ll show Apache, BIND, mySQL, and sendmail installation and workaround. Overall, the workshop was a success. It had strengthened our ties with NSUCC, who’s support was invaluable. My personal thanks goes to Saumen, who coordinated the event from their side. Thanks to NSUCC president Zia bhai and all the the volunteers who helped enormously. Check out http://gallery.linux.org.bd/thumbnails.php?album=24 for photos of the event.

Software Freedom Day 2006

I just cleaned up the old wiki page on Software Freedom Day (SFD) site and updated with the SDF 2006 celebration information. On September 16th, Software Freedom Day 2006 will be celebrated around the world including Bangladesh. This year’s budget is 30,000 taka and BLUA will be organizing it as usual.

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